United States House of Representatives elections in South Dakota, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in South Dakota

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

Partisan breakdownCandidates

South Dakota District Pages
At-Large District

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

District historyCandidates

November 6 Election Winner:
Kristi Noem Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Kristi Noem Republican Party
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South Dakota U.S. House Elections
At-Large District

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in South Dakota took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District.

Incumbent Kristi Noem won the election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 27, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: South Dakota has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members. South Dakota also scheduled a June 26, 2012 primary runoff.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 21, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 22, 2012.[2]

See also: South Dakota elections, 2012

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was Kristi Noem (R), who was first elected in 2010.

South Dakota had a single At-Large Congressional District, which is made up of the entire state.

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the one Congressional seat from South Dakota.

Members of the U.S. House from South Dakota -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) did not make a projection about who would win this seat.[3]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

South Dakota tied with Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Delaware, and West Virginia for having the 22nd most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 50% of major party primaries having been contested (1 out of 2). The national average was 54.31%.

South Dakota's one U.S. House incumbent sought re-election in 2012. She did not face a challenger in the primary. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Margin of victory for winners

There was a total of 1 seat up for election in 2012 in South Dakota. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
South Dakota, At-Large, District Republican Party Kristi Noem 14.9% 361,429 Matt Varilek

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
At-large Democratic Party Matt Varilek
Republican Party Kristi Noem
Kristi Noem Republican Party Kristi Noem No


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay. General election candidates

Democratic Party Matt Varilek
Republican Party Kristi NoemGreen check mark transparent.png

June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Candidate Stephanie Strong did not acquire enough signatures to get on the ballot. She submitted 2,018 signatures but Secretary of State Jason Gant ruled that 100 signatures were invalid, which left Strong below the required 1,955.[7]

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